Questions tagged [torah-study]

Questions about the mitzvah to study Torah, and the nature of Torah study. This tag is not intended to be a general tag about Torah. Almost every question on the site is about Torah in some sense. If your question is about a passage in the Bible, try one of the book tags.

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Is there a religious responsibility to study agadic material?

Is the study of agadic material i.e stories which are not related to the practice or theory of Halakha, incumbent upon a Jew? In other words, is there something inherently wrong with not learning ...
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Can you rely on the Biblical Hermeneutics StackExchange site if you're Jewish?

As a Jew, would the Biblical Hermeneutics SE site be helpful and reliable in learning about Bible interpretation and such? It seems to be filled with a lot of christians. Can you rely on Christian ...
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How long to get “good” at gemara? [closed]

Starting from 11th grade this year, I've been going to a dormitory yeshiva a few hours away from home and come back every off shabbos. Before that, I never been to Yeshiva, but since I was around 8 ...
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What's the point of learning [duplicate]

What's the point of learning Torah? Torah Shbksav & Shbalpeh. What's the point of any Sefer other than the classics? (Tanach, mishnayos, Shas, Rambam, Shulchan Aruch, Medresh)? Is it for our ...
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Epidemics and public torah study

In the current pandemic, there seem to be diverse opinions, both of medical/government officials and of religious leaders regarding communal gatherings for religious services. For example, some shuls ...
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Ervah and learning Torah

Can a man learn (read, listen, look at) Torah (ShbKsav/ShbalPeh) while facing his wife with her uncovered hair (ervah)? Or facing any part of her ervah? Also, does it make a difference if she's ...
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What is the distinction between Peshat (the plain meaning of the text) and Mashma’ot Milulit (literal meaning)?

There are numerous examples of Torah explanations and commentaries which are purported to be Peshat, according to the plain meaning of a text. The most famous possibly being Rashi’s commentary to ...
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Do olives affect Torah study?

I am puzzled by this line in the Gemara, based on a baraita: Olive oil [restores forgotten Torah study]... Rabbi Yoḥanan said: Just as eating an olive causes one to forget seventy years’ worth of ...
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torah argument increases peace

I heard that the Chasam Sofer says talmidei chachamim marbim shalom b'olam because God only puts in a limited amount of machlokess in the world. So when lamdanim use it up for torah discussion, then ...
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How can one be a working scholar?

How can a person become a talmid chacham when he has to work to support his family? It would so difficult, since he is not given as many hours to learn as a kollel yungerman. But is it not possible ...
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Source of a story about Rav Salanter and limited time to learn Torah

Is there an authentic source for the below story? The story is told of a man who asked Rabbi Yisroel Salanter a question. "Rebbi, I have only 15 minutes a day to learn Torah. What should I study?" ...
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Brisker seforim on chullin

I want to learn the style of brisker lomdus in conjunction with chullin. What are some good seforim for this? I asking specifically an analysis connected to the daf
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Takanas Ezra and the 9 Kabin

I would like to begin my question by making everyone aware that I am aware of this thread ( Why don't men go to the mikveh after relations/ejaculation? ) With that being said my question is ...
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Berachot 5a - What is R. Yochanan's objection?

In Berachot 5a we have the following exchange between Reis Lakish and R. Yochanan: אמר רבי שמעון בן לקיש כל העוסק בתורה יסורין בדילין הימנו שנאמר ובני רשף יגביהו עוף ואין עוף אלא תורה שנאמר התעיף ...
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Can I make a siyum on audio lessons?

Am I able to make a siyum on a mesechta that I learned by listening to audio lessons without actually reading any words inside? It appears that "shomea keoneh" wouldn't apply to audio recordings, so ...
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Website with Written Equivalent of Shiurim?

Is there a website that collects in-depth essays on Torah topics, or the written equivalent of shiurim? I don't mean outreach sites like Chabad, Aish or SimpleToRemember, or public relations-oriented ...
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Sefarim on iyun mehalachim?

Are there any sefarim that methodically elaborate a particular Iyun mehalech (method)? For instance, the Brisker Derech by Moshe Wachtfogel provides insight into the brisker mehalech albeit to a terse ...
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Learning Torah of Rav Soloveitchik

I heard that the Be'er Moshe (Debreciner Rav) wrote that one should not read the Torah of the Rav since it can bring one into the wrong haskafos. Does anyone know where this can be found in his ...
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Does attending a Siyum receive the merit as if one has learned the whole Masechta (Tractate)?

I've heard people say that attending a Siyum gets the merit like you learned all of the Gemara that's getting Siyum'd on. Is there a mekor (Torah source) for this idea? (And if yes, then does any ...
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Clear sources from gemara or rishonim for learning secular studies lechatchila? [duplicate]

I'm looking for clear sources in gemara or in rishonim that indicate the learning secular studies is something that should be done lechatchila as opposed to perhaps a necessary evil. I've been told by ...
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How to learn with Rishonim?

I learn Gemara daily and I can read rather well through the text with Rashi and Tosafos. I would like to incorporate Rishonim into my learning. How do I do this? Do I look at them on every sugya? Do I ...
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Does the Torah mention infanticide?

infanticide (killing or abandon ones newborn) was extremely popular in the ancient world. The Torah clearly & often stresses the worth of human life & emphatically prohibits murder but ...
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Empirical sources that “Batei Midrash” existed prior to Chanukkah events [closed]

In anticipation of Chanukah, we had a discussion about the impact of the Chashmonayim dynasty on Judaism, and somebody presented an idea that although they did fight for the continuation of the Jewish ...
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Interesting difference between רבנים and דיינים

רבנן דקיסרי ואמרי לה דייני דקיסרי אמרי ... The Sages of Caesarea, and some say that it was the judges of Caesarea, said that ... (Succah 8b) I'd assume that רבנים are דיינים and vice verse. But ...
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Is a gentile permitted to learn the original Hebrew of the Torah?

I've been reading the Divine Code by Rabbi Moshe Weiner and came across this in Part I 5:2 note. 91 "...(1) It is also prohibited for a Jew to teach Torah to gentiles in the canonised Hebrew or ...
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When, why and who originated Chevruta style studying?

From reading various stories mentioned in the mishnah, it seems that students studied directly from their rav. I assume that they reviewed what they studied, and, perhaps, discussed ideas with each ...
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Sources that G-d miraculously and deceptively conceal His deeds

In the debate on veracity and historicity of the Biblical stories and claims many assert that after an event in discussion G-d miraculously wiped all evidence or replaced it to look natural. For ...
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Is it inappropriate to eat or drink while reading the Torah? [duplicate]

Just a general question. This does not involve reciting tehillim or reading passages out loud. Just quiet reading. If not appropriate — sources?
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Does the mitzvah of knowing Torah exist as separate from mitzvah of learning Torah?

According to views of some authorities (Shulchan Aruch HaRav and others), learning without pronouncing words or listening to Torah recordings does not qualify as the mitzvah of Talmud Torah. ...
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Seeking a source for a claim about Rabbi Akiva

I saw in a modern book as follows: דהנה איתא בגמ׳ דר׳ עקיבא היה לו מעלה יתירה ממשרע״ה אשר לו היתה הבנה גם בסודות הניגונים והטעמים, מכיון שמת במיתה משונה לכן זכה לזה המדריגה שמשה רבינו לא זכה לזה.&...
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Where is a free online copy of the Torah with the “correct” number of letters in it?

First off, my intention is to create a pretty decent replica of the Hebrew text close to the formatting of the Sefer Torah or a Tikkun, for personal documentation purposes. My question though is 2-...
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Example Images/References of Torah Texts/Scrolls/Books that demonstrate how they are Formatted in Today's Rabbi/Jewish Scripture System [closed]

What is an example of an authentic Hebrew Torah/Tanach scripture/book, entirely in Hebrew script, like you would find in a Jewish Temple. I have found this, which seems to have these traits: justify ...
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How to calculate the Hebrew character representing the verse number? [closed]

Here they have Hebrew letters on the sides marking each verse. It starts at the beginning of the alphabet and seems to work its way up. I can't find any information on it though. Searching around ...
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Is “everything” really in the Torah?

The Mishnah says: הֲפֹךְ בָּהּ וַהֲפֹךְ בָּהּ, דְּכֹלָּא בָהּ Turn it and turn it [the Torah], for everything is contained in it. [Pirkei Avot 5:22] What does it mean? (1) That absolutely ...
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Analysis of an answer to “Why does the Torah begin with the letter bet?”

Why does the Torah begin with the second letter, bet, rather than the first letter, aleph? There are many answers, but let's focus on this one: Bet is the beginning of the word barukh (blessed), ...
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How did the older Torah books look formatting wise?

I'm wondering what the sort of evolution of the Torah's syntactic / punctuation structure looks like. Were the books always divided into "books" with titles like Genesis (in Hebrew of course)? Were ...
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Why does a contradiction need to be resolved?

Human psychological nature allows for intrinsic contradictions between one's beliefs. For example, "I love Daddy the most" vs "I love Mammy the most", or "Shabbos is G-d's greatest gift to the Jews", "...
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Teaching Torah to circumcised non-Jews

In his supercommentary to Rashi Genesis 7:2, R. Yissechar Ber Eilenberg cites the following from his teacher R. Mordecha Yaffe: וטעם שאסור ללמוד תורה לגוי הוא מפני הערלה שבו ויש בו סוד שלא להכניס ...
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Selichot and blessing on Torah study

There are at least two views on the placement of the blessings on Torah study in the morning prayer. German rite places it right before the verses about the laver, and they don't really consider Torah ...
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What is considered learning Torah in the bathroom?

It is prohibited to learn Torah in the bathroom (source needed). How far does this prohibition go? Are we not allowed to say pesukim, but allowed to think them? Is there a difference between tanach ...
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Does the concept of “leaving a sefer open leads to forgetfulness” apply to Torah on a computer screen?

(related: "Leaving Sefarim Open and forgetfulness") The Be'er Hetev in Yoreh Deah 277 quotes the Bach who states: וכתב הב''ח מכאן יש ללמוד שלא ילך אדם חוץ ויניח הספר פתוח [...] מי שמניח ספר פתוח ...
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Can you pray or study torah in a non-Jewish cemetery?

There is a large non-Jewish cemetery near where I live. It has beautiful grounds and is open to the public for visiting. Is it OK to pray or study Torah there?
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Is learning Sifrei Neviim a fulfillment of the mitzvah to listen to a Navi?

There's a Torah commandment to listen to a navi. As far as I know, there are no neviim around nowadays to listen to, but we do have books written by the neviim. If you learn Navi and do your best to ...
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Understanding the teaching of a person who says “I have labored in Torah study and haven't found success- don't believe him”

Megillah 6b states: ואמר ר' יצחק אם יאמר לך אדם יגעתי ולא מצאתי אל תאמן לא יגעתי ומצאתי אל תאמן יגעתי ומצאתי תאמן הני מילי בדברי תורה אבל במשא ומתן סייעתא Rabbi Yitzḥak said: If a person says ...
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Is it preferable to learn torah related to biblical obligations over learning torah related to rabbinic obligations?

If all things are equal is there any reason to give preference to studying torah about a biblical obligation over studying torah about a rabbinic obligation? In general we give precedence to biblical ...
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Public work is the same as studying Torah?

I am bothered by this quote: Yerushalmi [5:1]: Rabbi Yirmiyah said: One who is occupied with the needs of the public is equivalent to one who is occupied with the study of Torah. [Tosafot on Ber. ...
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Is practicing laining considered learning Torah?

Is practicing laining for a Parsha considered Talmud Torah? Namely, does this "count" as Torah learning, would one get s'char for this etc OR could it be considered more like memorizing a song? ...
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Source to not learn Torah from a Rabbi who is overweight

I remember once learning that one should not learn Torah from a Rav who's overweight because (something along the lines of): "if he can't control his appetite, how can he control his other ...
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Where does Breslov teach about Rosh Hashanah?

I'm looking to learn what R. Nachman of Breslov taught about Rosh Hashanah? Is there anything in Likutei Moharan? If so can you direct me to the Siman? I'm not exclusively looking for anything about ...
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The learning methods of children during the time of the Talmud

The Talmud in various places references children of that period learning a "verse" on a specific day. In Gittin 56a of Talmud Bavli: א"ל לינוקא פסוק לי פסוקיך אמר ליה (יחזקאל כה, יד) ונתתי את ...

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